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Betwixtmas Rhine Cruise

4 days from £299*
Departing: December 2018
* Price shown: 27 December 2018 from -

Banish those post-Christmas blues

Join us for a Christmastide river cruise of relaxation and gentle exploration. Recharge your batteries, enjoy a party aboard Olympia and perhaps join our optional excursions in Rudesheim and to Cologne, where the city's stores will have begun their post-Christmas sales, should you still be on the lookout for bargains!

Discover life on board Olympia

There's far more to life on board Olympia than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Three nights' accommodation based on a standard lower deck cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
  • Port charges and taxes

Single cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine river cruise. With accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her from the minute you step on board.

Deck Plans

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.


Day One

Join us before our coach boards the ferry to cross the Channel, or book an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Ashford, Kent, and board the coach when it stops at the hotel. Later this evening you'll arrive in Boppard, the picturesque 'pearl of the Rhine', with its great Roman fort and its beautiful historic quarter. Board Olympia in time to enjoy a buffet dinner, and the warmth and welcome of your first night.

Day Two

Early risers will be awake to see Olympia slip out of the harbour and begin her journey. Passing pretty villages and fairytale castles en route, and beneath the legendary Lorelei rock (where sirens were said to lure unsuspecting sailors to their end), we'll sail to Rudesheim.

Spend the afternoon wandering Rudesheim's pretty streets, or join our late-afternoon optional excursion to enjoy an early evening wine tasting at a traditional weinkeller and see the remarkable collection of musical instruments that are found in Rudesheim's Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Three

Around lunchtime, you'll arrive in Koblenz. Explore this traditional Rhineland town, or join our optional excursion to discover the great city of Cologne. You're free to explore the city, famous for the soaring twin towers of its mighty Gothic cathedral, and its Altstadt (Old Town) - its streets crammed with shops, cake-selling Konditorei and bars where you can sample the city's famous Kolsch beer.

This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner and party with entertainment, to celebrate your last night aboard Olympia.

Day Four

After an early breakfast, bid auf wiedersehen to Olympia and this captivating part of the world as our coach carries you back across Europe and across the Channel to the UK.
Date Nights Price From
27 December 2018
27 December 2018 3 £299

Further Information

Flexible joining options

Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.

Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.

Optional shore excursions

Optional excursions are available on all cruises, and we recommend that you book now to secure your place. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled. In this case your payment will be refunded in full.


Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. An envelope will be left in your cabin for this purpose.

Dress code

The dress code on board and ashore is casual. After 7pm, in the lounge and restaurant, shorts are not permitted, and footwear and a shirt or T-shirt must be worn.


Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system. Bottled water can be purchased on board and locally.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

Cabin sizes

The majority of cabins on board are 10.5m square. Single cabins are approximately 7.7m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Standard Promenade cabins are 15m square and most have double beds (which do not convert to sofas), but they do not have a table or stool and will by subject to engine noise during overnight and early morning sailing.

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Betwixtmas Rhine Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Betwixtmas Rhine CruiseScores 7.6 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Our time on the ship was excellent. The staff couldn't do enough to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. The food was exceptional and the ship was kept clean and tidy throughout our stay. The only downside was that the travel by coach was very long. If I had known that it would take that long, I might have reconsidered as it was only a 3 night break.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2017
Published on: 05 February 2018
(6 out of 10)


Unfortunately the delay getting to the ship 4am in the morning because of coach breakdown and the delay in someone making the decision to supply another coach spoilt the holiday and NewMarket offering 10% off of our next coach holiday is something of an insult. We need compensating for the holiday we have just had. We missed a main meal and lost a lot of time because of indecision. Therefore I would be reluctant to book another of these holidays.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2017
Published on: 16 January 2018
(10 out of 10)


Hove Family
It was the second time the family had taken this trip and we all thoroughly enjoyed it
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2016
Published on: 20 January 2017
(8 out of 10)


Birkenhead Couple
Enjyable trip, pity about the lbg coach journey.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2016
Published on: 14 January 2017
(10 out of 10)


West Sussex Couple
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on board MS Olympia. Warm welcome, good food and comfortable cabin. The Rhine is lovely and the views and architecture of the passing buildings and properties was a lovely sight.

Would recommend joining the coach at Ashford staying in The Holiday Inn to reduce time on coach on outward and return journey home. Boarded ship at Dover from Ashford and was able to park our car there for the duration of our holiday.

Will be going on this trip again this year as we enjoyed our experience on this Twixmas break so much and it was excellent value too.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2015
Published on: 05 January 2016
(5 out of 10)


dereham Friends
The meals were disgusting we only ate breakfast they coudnt ruin that!We have been for the last two Christmas ,s on the Christmas cruises and have had a lovely time.We would,nt go again on that cruise.It happen to be are only holiday in 2014 and we were so looking forward to the break The weather was beautiful snow a really white Christmas
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2014
Published on: 16 February 2015
(9 out of 10)


Stourport-on-Severn Couple
Wonderful break between Christmas and New Year
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2014
Published on: 16 January 2015